It’s probably safe to say now that 2017 is the year of great music. Really great to see 2 of South Africa’s biggest entertainers put “their differences” aside and focus on what matters.
Download “10 Fingers”below.
It’s probably safe to say now that 2017 is the year of great music. Really great to see 2 of South Africa’s biggest entertainers put “their differences” aside and focus on what matters.
Download “10 Fingers”below.
Remember a post i did on @Denier_M(matimu sithole)? well that very same guy introduced me to Mr 1802 an artist i met at 012central Rooftop exhibition an event that was hosted by Adriaan Louw where they were showcasing pictures taken at an #instawalk in Pretoria and 3 of Mr 1802’s images were featured.
How it happed- Denier invited me and he introduced us then we exchanged instagram accounts then 20+ days later i hit him up and asked if we could meet up for an interview and he agreed fast forward to Friday 27/10/2015 Mr 1802 landed in midrand and we went to MacDonald’s where the interview took place.
I made him pay for his own food though(sorry bruh money problems)
read the interview below.
Describe nhlanhla for me.
uhm…cool dude, Ok not your average cool dude not that braam guy but yeah a cool dude….
(As he was explaining a man who told us his a MacDonald’s supervisor asked ‘what is a cool dude?)
you know when they say your cool? being cool is when you influence people in a good way Like Kanye i know you might think his big headed and his so full of himself but look at it this way he influences a whole lot of people/kids when it comes to fashion,music and i know you might say he curses in his music or whatever but being cool is all about influencing people in a good way
(then the “MacDonald’s supervisor” asked so you wanna be the same as well?)
yes with what i do. I’m a Photographer i also wanna do fashion and influence people in a good way with what i do.
(“McDonald’s supervisor” ‘do you know that kanye makes money out of that?’ after that question he started to explain stuff about the devil etc then the conversation went to a moment of silence for a few seconds luckily his phone rings)
Lets get back to the subject matter.
(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupts after hanging up his phone and says ‘myself i get paid to sit here and answer phone calls while i watch you guys chilling and talking when month end comes R45000 enters my bank account right now I’m off to the office’ then he stands up and come to our table and tells nhlanhla ‘your eating poison here cancer’ then walks off)
Okay….i was still saying i love art that’s why I’m doing photography…
(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupt again ‘good luck with your photography!’ while walking away)
Sure, Check out my instagram account @nhlanhla1802…So i love art i feel like art can change the world man, art not being a drawing or painting but anything that is creative and beautiful that’s art for me, I’m an artist.
your an artist but can you tell me about your origins.
Well my name is Nhlanhla Wandile Dlamini born in Johannesburg 1999 October 18 1802 i was raised there and the reason i chose 1802 people thought it was that thing where instagram gives you a name because @nhlanhla already exist nah its not that i chose that myself 1802 being the house that i lived in/the apartment was on the 18th floor room 02…i feel like I’m bringing my past into my future i wanna be known as Mr 1802.
And now you in Centurion when did you move to that side?
I got here in 2005 so i spent like 5 years in Johannesburg and I’ve been here ever since.
What inspires your photography?
Art, i love art. I feel like my photography is not just photography, there are photographers that just take photos just for taking photos and then there’s an artist for instance me you saw the light paintings on my instagram?
me: Yeah, i saw those.
i was just drawing in the air i feel like i used photography to paint i just did art with my photography.
and i kept wondering how you made those light paintings.
you know what i did? i put a DSLR on 30seconds shutter speed, the shutter and aperture was open as wide as possible ISO was on 100, aperture on 5.6 or something and then i just took my phone put the flash on and just drew.
And that one i was just fooling around with the light but apart from fooling around i just wanted to show my shoes.
speaking of shoes are you a sneaker head and what are your other interests?
Jaap, at the moment I’m using photography to start my way into fashion i wanna go study in New York at the Parsons school of fashion it’s like one of the best fashion schools in the world that’s my dream man and i feel like photography is gonna boost my fashion brand cause I’ll be known already and it’ll just kick off in a nice way.
It’s like you certain about fashion.
Right now are you studying/designing?
me: can you draw?
Like i said I’m an artist, i haven’t done that in a while and the last time i drew was in my light paintings i can do a lot of things bruh…I’ve made a song one time it went well but it wasn’t …
were you singing or?
it was a beat but i didn’t finish it.
Wow you produced the beat yourself?
Yeah, it’s not only photography that i do but photography is my main.
photography is what sparked this interview.
yeah its what shows I’m an artist, my art inspired you,cool dude,inspire people,influence people, that’s what made this interview! i inspired you.
you really have inspired me man.
Tell me about your gigs/photoshoots that you’ve done so far and the money?
I’ve only done 10 gigs, there’s this one friend that really support me his name is Lebokgang his gonna check out your stuff and his gonna see his name, he has a fashion brand “DEU” i did plenty of photoshoots for him in braam he really supports me he likes my stuff. There’s this one girl Neo Kwala i feel like she’s my biggest fan I’ve been friends with her since grade 8 she love my instagram page bruh if there’s one person that you’d have to ask about my photos is Neo she would know.
me: the money?
right now I’m not making much if you wanna ask me about money come next year cause I’m only blowing up now a few have liked my photos e.g Levis the actual brand they took their time and went to their tags and like my photo a photo that i took and just to think of it Levis a big brand they get hundred and thousands of tags everyday and they decided to like my photo on that day? that must mean something.
yeah it does mean something.
another thing my photos don’t get a lot of likes and stuff I’m just blowing up now man.
your influenced by art but are there people that you look up to?
there’s this friend of mine named Simphiwe instagram @simiato that guy his the actual reason i started photography. On a rainy night i was out with him and we stood outside for 30 minutes actually he made me stand with him just waiting for lightning strikes and when he finally got that shot i was like dude how did you do that? ever since that day I’ve never stopped learning about photography…but there’s other people like Adriaan Louw,okmalumkoolkat though his not a photographer but his a designer so his art boost my creativity.
by the way what do you use to shoot?
i use my phone and a camera when ever i can borrow one.
music wise who do you listen to?
okmalumkoolkat 100k macassette that whole mixtape, I’ve been a fan of him ever since dirty paraffin do you know that group?
yeah i know that group?
yeah I’ve been a fan of him ever since then and I’m also bumping J Cole,Kendrick and drake.
so their music or them e.g okmalumkoolkat as a person influence you?
musically and as a person and with okmalumkoolkat i almost have a similar story to him i didn’t struggle that much but bruh he came from the slums and his making it right now that’s what inspired me also these guys Kendrick and J Cole those guys inspire me a lot bruh…i forgot to mention Joey Badass that guy tells stories with his music i tell stories with my photos its all about telling stories with me bruh.
speaking of stories what stories are you trying to portray with your photography?
well i just don’t post anything e.g my recent photos i posted them in black&white some of them well 3 of them it’s all about Africa and being dark skinned
i told a story with that i feel like i wanna inspire people i don’t even know how to say it but there’s always a deeper meaning to my photos if you look carefully even though my captions might be short there’s always a deeper meaning to them…look at my photos,look at my captions you’ll click at the same time if you know me very well, my close friends they know me Mpho, Asakhe, Sitha, Tino and Xhanti they know whenever i post something on instagram they’ll be like ‘oh this is what this guy is portraying this is what he want to send out with his photo’.
i hear you, i have this one question i plan on asking everyone i interview.
For someone like me who’s into art and stuff and who’s still aspiring but not sure if they want to pursue because of what society thinks or they afraid they won’t make money etc what advice you have
i would say don’t give up for instance me when i started this photography stuff i started with an iPod with only a front camera…
wait what, only a front camera?
i told you don’t let lack of equipment limit you if you let that limit you,you wont get anywhere also society cause just like me right now to tell the truth there’s a whole lot of photographers and most…I’m gonna sound like I’m hating but a lot of things for me look the same. I didn’t let the lack of equipment stop me,i didn’t let people who were telling me no wena your just a copy cat following people,i didn’t let that stop me so don’t let anything stop you just pursue what you want if you work hard you’ll get it.
you just have to push?
you have to push that’s the only way.
Denier once told me these words “your interest determines your success”…
and the circles you hang out with. If your gonna hangout with the circle that’s gonna tell you nah nigga you ain’t gonna make it, nah dawg you just a copycat you wont make it…my friends i always tell them ‘guys hustle trust me one day we gonna make it’ i always tell my friend Mpho Mashabane that ‘dawg we gonna make it one day bruh trust me’ just push that’s all you have to do. I’m a 16 year old…
and your influencing a 19 year old.
not only you I’ve influenced a whole lot of people…look I’m just 16, 16! and I’m still in high school where do i find the time to do this i make time if you love something you’ll push.
i hear you and since there’s a whole pool of photographers what’s so different about you that makes you believe you’ll make it?
Determination. I feel like most of these cats that are my age they just doing it for just doing it they not doing it for the love….
they doing it for likes on instagram and girls comments?
yeah, I’m just trying to push my art dawg i just want the whole world to see i don’t just want to be another photographer…nah i wanna push art bruh.
that’s the direction your headed everything even school will be based on art?
yeah and a lot of people might tell me you not gonna make money, trust me I’m gonna make it and it’s not all about money if you love something you’ll do it with passion money will drive you crazy don’t do things for money but we can’t live without money that’s why I’m like if you like something and you good at it make people pay if they really love your art they will pay for it. I’m not pushing money only but man nothing is free in this world.
about Braamfontein are you also a #braamkid?
not really but i do hangout in braam…whenever I’m in braam I usually hangout with Lebo or Trendsend 90 those are my friends, those 3 guys well 2 of them influenced me with this fashion thing.
even neighbour goods market?
yeah I’ve actually wanted to print my art/photos then showcase them there and just sell a few cause even in Pretoria there’s 012 central i also wanna showcase there and they told me its cool we need more people like you to showcase their art come through anytime will get you a spot.
which instagram accounts do you suggest a person must follow?
@Simiato that’s my friend his also an artist like me.
that’s all i can think of right now but there’s a whole lot more trust me owh and @hypebeast.
what’s your conclusion?
let me make up a quote
“I’m 16 and I’m doing it, you can too”
One thing I’m good at is sleeping on local(RSA) musicians especially ones that are still on the come up but thank Goodness i did not sleep on TSA even though i was about to, for those of you who don’t know “TSA nobody else” allow me to introduce you.
I remember when i first got to know of his twitter account and one thing about me I’m the type of person if you got mad quality VISUALS on your social media account I’ll most definitely follow you no matter who you are…so just after viewing his images i clicked follow afterwards his data file Host links appeared on my timeline and i would just scroll through without checking them out until yesterday when i saw the link for ““Throw me off”” i guess i was curious or something when i clicked on it but just after downloading and listening to the song right away i started to research about this dude cause bro? i wasn’t expecting a jam like that from a South African artist, the first thing was to Google his tumblr account and the bio reads as follows
“Zolile Mcelu (born June 24, 1992) – better known by his rap alias TSA, is a South African recording artist and songwriter from Johannesburg. TSA has named Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, The Weeknd and Childish Gambino amongst others as his influences.
He has quantified Marshall Bruce Mathers (also known as Eminem) as his favourite rap musical outfit of all time, and influenced not only by his music, but day-to-day animation, in his awkwardly humorous demeanour.
Growing up, Mcelu mattered to playing soccer and aspired to play at a professional level before discovering hip hop. When he was around 11 years old his mother bought him his first hip hop album “The Eminem Show” (in most cases a very unorthodox gift for a juvenile minor, considering the explicit lyrical content) . After obtaining a copy of the album Mcelu became absorbed in music, recording and mixing his own songs in his make-shift studio within the comfort of his bedroom.”
i also found info about the photographer/creative director behind TSA but I’m not entirely sure about the creative director thing all i know is his part of
there’s this one jam titled “Hunger Pains” this is the jam that really made me believe that TSA can deliver.
So now I’m guessing you now know who TSA is and what his about all that’s left is for you to support the kid and I’m no prophet or anything in that sense but i believe his NEXT not only in RSA but worldwide…to the musicians that are still reigning at the moment y’all should better watch out!
On my daily routine of checking out what’s new on the internet, I happily bumped into a link with such a catchy tag; “Women On Sex”. Yes! So, out of curiosity, I instantly opened with such a ‘thumping’ grin on my face. I just couldn’t wait to find what it was about exactly. and my!!! I thank heavens I got to find out about it. I’m one person who really loves casual debate, discussion about controversial issues and just anything related to people’s different perceptions on specific aspects of life and its subs.
Okay, let me get to the subject matter. Women On Sex is basically a webseries about women’s perceptions, belief, views and sentiments in as far as sex is concerned. It is not your typical webseries, it’s on a much deeper level. The series is produced and Directed by Mmabatho Montsho where different women of different professions and sexuality are mainly on candid one-on-one interviews. Questioned about sex, virginity, the “co-existence” of power, money and sex and other various touchy attributes of sex in a woman’s world.
As a woman, I do not think you would like the existence of this webseries to pass you by. Men too, don’t be an ignorant jerk, be open! sex is a two way street. Each episode is nothing more than 10 minutes, hell, it’s not even over 7 minutes, so what’s your excuse huh?
Some interesting quotes from the interviewees;
“If a woman can give birth and her Vagina bounces back, then what is your Penis going to do?” ~ Tshegofatso Senne
“All people inspect is that hole, whether it’s got that hymen or not…we are NOT a piece of flesh called hymen”~ Khosi Jiyane
Down below is a link to Women On Sex YouTube channel. Make sure you watch, subscribe for more episodes, and just enjooooy listening to people’s views on this touchy subject.
adidas originals superstar has collaborated with South African creatives SArtists and I’m not gonna describe much, all i ask is for you to click on the YouTube link below and watch what the collaboration was about.
You’ve probably read an article similar to this one more than a100 times but there’s this quote that states
“People often say that motivation
doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why its recommended daily.”
On this planet we exist in there are so many crafts and none of them are meant for anyone only those who believe and do something about these crafts coquer then end up as if they were born to do them. It all comes back to this quote “no one is entitled to anything” everything on earth infact in the universe you can do. All these jobs, activities and so called talents that exist you can do them afterall “they were created by someone who is no smarter than you” steve job said it.i wanted to give you an example by someone famous or well known but i’ll just tell you about myself. I remember when i used to look at @deckstar_od‘s edits back in the day and i would always question myself how did he do it until i got the tools to do it but what amaze’s me is not just the edits but his different way of editting together with the photographs he shoots… so then i taught myself to edit but by the time i got good at it everyone had smartphones with quality mega pixels which meant they can shoot nice photographs and edit with the same tools as me. I then decided to edit differently from everyone and right now from some of my work you can consider me as a creative.
And guess what?
The very same guy who inspired me requested that i start writting for this blog because he saw my cool work. So far i photograph, edit images and blog also i know iam not as big or good as i think iam but everytime i write or edit or photograph its a learning curve i keep improving and someone out there is watching. The other day i set down with this other guy who said to me “xin’wani na xin’wani lexi uxi ndlaku hambi i xikolo kumbe u dj or wa cina etc loko kuri switaku hanyisa khomelela ka swona” translated in english whatever good your doing wether its school or you are a dj or dancer etc if you know you can make a living off it hold on to it and invest in it. My brother and sister you can do anything you want, i know it sounds clichè but it’s true, there is no person who is entitled to anything we all got the potential all you need to do is invest your time in it and be open to learning and always know if you share it there will always be someone who’s watching.
Meet Kgotso Mdakani a creative based in South Africa/vosloorus who is more of a “VISUALS” guy that believes he “eats images died or alive” this i quote from his bio. I got to know of him through facebook but the one thing that really caught my attention was his photography so I decided to approach him and lucky for me he was cool enough to take his time and allow me to interview him.
The interview took place on facebook and
Below is how it went;
So tell me
who exactly is Kgotzo Olason M and
how this photography stuff came
(Before answering he first sent his bio)
Iam a creative being who loves art
with passion. I believe that everyone
has it in them they just need to let
loose and explore whatever may come
to their presents in time. I like to listen
to music, I studied animation for two
years at AFDA and did Television
studies as well as film writing. I have
shot few Documentaries and directed a
few. I am based in vosloorus that’s my
Home . I am 25 years old. I love
conceptualizing Commercials like
I have a visual mind, I am a mama’s
boy lol who was looked after by
Grandparents. I like grey, green,white
and Black. I edit video. I was editing U
skroef no sexy , and Hush on etv. I got
a Degree in Motion Picture .
Photography to me is life in imagery,
So I like to believe that i LIVE
THROUGH THEM AND SHARE ANY
CHARACTER I MAY IN-COUNTER IN
THOSE MOMENTS I TURN TO MAKE
Nice I’m guessing this is what you do
for a living right now?
Lol I see you’ve pretty much answered
all questions I had in mind but back
when you were younger (back in high
School) were “VISUALS” a career
choice for you?
Media is been something In my head, I
was not sure where but a lot of people
in class even the teachers thought I’ll
be an actor, or comedian , due to me
being funny in class and always acting
stupid roles in class. One thing I know,
I was always drawing since primary so
at home they thought do visual art for
I was that good.
so for you it was not about the typical
“becoming an engineer,doctor etc”?
No I was not there, I know alot about
it, but I didn’t choose to be one. “Doctor”
was always in the art
Haha yeah I get you anyhow besides
art/visuals what are your other
Well this is my last question… For
someone like me who’s into art and stuff
and who’s still aspiring but not sure if
they want to pursue because of what
society thinks or they afraid they won’t
make money etc what advice you have
first of all we all have to make money
but that is not the foundation of what
we love or what we enjoy doing. you
can’t enjoy making money but you can
be addicted to it. I am trying to say Do
what’s best for you and make sure is
something that you love and enjoy
doing . if you haven’t found yourself explore within your fields. you have all
the time to learn and master what you
wanna do then the money will flow in.
but if you choose things according to
people, you will have a problem. As time
goes you will get bored quickly, be
lazy and change it. So the best advice
is to take your time man I know a lot of
things today and I am working with people
who want me to direct tv shows and
make films but I told myself that I need
to master my fields for when I go in I
GO IN! SO THE MORE YOU DO WHAT
YOU LOVE THE SHARPER IT GETS.
“PICK SOMETHING YOU LOVE, OVER
DO IT UNTIL YOU MASTER IT THEN
TELL THE WORLD TO PAY YOU SIMPLE”
RICKY RICK -BOSS ZONKE: https://youtu.be/gKvYTikVVpM
The Day Ricky rick dropped this music video for his single Boss Zonke I said that these are the best hip hop visuals by far in RSA even to date I still stand by my statement, Now let me explain why these visuals are the best. It was really not because of the content in the video but the concept. I mean I’ve seen so many concepts some greater than this one in South Africa but whoever came up with them had a great vision but not great visual ideas if we compare with this one. I mean you can see as you watch the video that it’s very simple yet very effective it’s just people (cool people) dancing in slow motion,
some singing/rapping along to the song then comes the dude in white wearing a pair of suede carvela loafers doing the taxi driver dance…eish 👌 it’s very simple yet very effective and so damn original. Of course the camera angles and distance also gives the video great quality but the faded filter, that slow motion and the scenes at the end showing RSA’s street culture leaders became the icing on the cake. https://youtu.be/gKvYTikVVpM
But Hey, that’s my opinion watch it and share me yours.